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ESPN Ratings Buzz: January 4-10

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NFL WILDCARD (live) Sat 1/09/16 4:20 PM 7:40 PM 6057 2679    KANSAS CITY/HOUSTON 2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 1...
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The Players’ Tribune, AOL producing video series “Real Fan Life with Ben Lyons”

The Players’ Tribune continues to boost its digital video offerings as the site grows in content and popularity. The latest venture is part of a partnership with AOL, a six-part series titled “Real Fan Life with Ben Lyons.” Hosted by the EXTRA! correspondent and ESPN LA contributor, the show will feature Lyons spending time away from the arena with professional athletes...
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Conference USA schools to see lower TV revenues in upcoming contract

You already knew this (or guessed it, if you were thinking about such things), but not being one of the Power Five conferences in college football does not bring in the television cash these days. For Conference USA, that reality is becoming all too clear. According to The Virginian-Pilot‘s Harry Minium, the 14 schools in the conference will each see their TV revenues reduced...
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ESPN’s new eSports vertical furthers their stride into that arena

The world of eSports, or competitive video gaming, is becoming much more of a focus for conventional sports media (not surprising, considering that 205 million people reportedly watched or played eSports in 2014 and that the sector could be worth $1 billion by 2017), and the latest to really jump into regular eSports coverage is ESPN. The Worldwide Leader is looking to extend its...
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Sun journalist Neil Custis calls Louis van Gaal’s “fat man” comment “crass and pathetic”

Louis van Gaal’s taken plenty of shots at the media during his controversial tenure at the helm of Manchester United, but this time, one media member is firing back. That would be Neil Custis of The Sun, who van Gaal referred to as “fat man” in a parting shot over criticism of Wayne Rooney after a 3-3 draw with Newcastle United Tuesday. Custis responded in his paper this week...
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Viewing Picks for January 15, 2016

All Times Eastern BobsleighIBSF World Cup, Park City, UT Women’s — Universal HD, 7 p.m. (same day coverage) 4-Man Bobsled — Universal HD, 9:30 p.m. (same day coverage) College BasketballMen’s Akron at Toledo — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. George Washington at Dayton — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Evansville at Illinois State — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Monmouth at Iona — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Women’s...
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Your NFL Divisional Round Announcing Schedule

Saturday, January 16 Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (CBS 4:35) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Evan Washburn Westwood One Radio: Dan Miller, Tony Boselli & Ross Tucker Streaming: CBS Sports.com Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (NBC 8:15 pm) Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle Tafoya NBC Universo (SPA), Rene Giraldo, Edgar Lopez & Verónica Contreras...
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January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris Mannix officially joins Adrian Wojnarowski’s NBA vertical at Yahoo

Adrian Wojnarowski’s NBA affinity site The Vertical, which was mulled this summer, likely made part of his deal when he signed a new four-year contract with Yahoo, and officially announced in December, is picking up plenty of steam. The site had already announced the hires of respected writers like Michael Lee, Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz, and now they’ve officially added...
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Michelle Beadle re-ups with ESPN, will do radio with Ramona Shelburne as well as host SportsNation

Michelle Beadle’s second stint with ESPN has been a very successful one so far on multiple levels, and it looks like the brass in Bristol agree. ESPN announced Thursday that Beadle has signed a new multi-year contract to stay with the company, and she’ll have some expanded responsibilities under this new deal. Beadle will continue to host SportsNation alongside with Max Kellerman...
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CBS will air 7 hours of pregame programming on Super Bowl Sunday

It’s been a broadcast network tradition on Super Bowl Sunday to lend the entire programming day to the Big Game and Super Bowl 50 is certainly no exception. Since this is the 50th edition of the Super Bowl, CBS plans to start its programming at 11 a.m. ET and go all the way through the Super Bowl Trophy Presentation and Postgame Show which will end sometime between 10:15 and 10...
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Report: ESPN drops out of Thursday Night Football bidding

As the bids for Thursday Night Football have come into the NFL, we’ve told over the last week that Fox has made an aggressive bid to take away the package from CBS and multiple networks could divide the games. Now the latest development according to The Street is that ESPN has decided to drop out of the bidding. Ronald Glover writes that the Worldwide Leader and its parent company...
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New poll shows Americans would gladly part with ESPN if it lowers their bills

In a sign that Americans are now speaking with their wallets in regards to cable, a new survey shows that a majority of people would be happy to say goodbye to ESPN and ESPN2 if it means a lower cable bill. The survey commissioned by BTIG researcher Rich Greenfield asked two questions, “If you could save $8 per month by removing ESPN and ESPN2 from your cable or satellite package...
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Keith Hernandez signs extension with SNY

SNY’s beloved trio of Mets broadcasters isn’t breaking up quite yet. This week, Keith Hernandez agreed to a contract extension with SNY that will keep him in the booth with Gary Cohen and Ron Darling through at least the 2018 season, though the length of the deal wasn’t immediately known. The New York Post reported that Hernandez’s new contract gives him a “substantial”...
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Gary Lineker made a great masturbation joke on Match of the Day

On Wednesday night’s edition of Match of the Day in the UK, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, and Dietmar Hamann were talking about a handball call on Chancel Mbemba during Tuesday’s Newcastle United-Manchester United match. When talking about the call, Shearer analyzed what should or shouldn’t be called a penalty and Lineker recited the phrase “making yourself bigger” with your...
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Viewing Picks for January 14, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Southern Mississippi at Florida Atlantic — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. UAB at Old Dominion — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. James Madison at Northeastern — Comcast SportsNet (California/Chicago Plus/MASN/NESNplus), 7 p.m. Iowa at Michigan State — ESPN, 7 p.m. UConn at Tulsa — ESPN2, 7 p.m. High Point at Winthrop — ESPNU, 7...
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Jimmy Johnson talks about his relationship with Jerry Jones on Undeniable with Joe Buck

Jimmy Johnson has had quite the career, including college success at Oklahoma State, a national championship at Miami, winning two Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, getting fired by Jerry Jones after the second one, working in TV with Fox for two years, returning to the NFL with Miami and then going back to broadcasting with Fox. This week, Johnson appeared on Undeniable with Joe...
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January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Bleacher Report co-founder Dave Finocchio returns as CEO, Rory Brown becomes president

Turner is making another big change at the top of Bleacher Report, bringing back one of its co-founders to head up the site. Dave Finocchio was the only one of the four co-founders to stay on for a long period after Turner bought B/R in August 2012, serving as chief content and product officer in 2013 and helping B/R evolve into a better fit for Turner, and he held various other...
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Your NBA announcing schedule for 1/13-1/17

Wednesday, January 13Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics (ESPN 8 pm) Mike Breen, Hubie Brown Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN 10:30 pm) Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson Thursday, January 14Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic  (NBA TV 3 pm) Local Broadcast at O2 Arena, London Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs (TNT 8 pm) Marv Albert, Chris Webber & Craig Sager...
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January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Original ESPN announcer Jim Simpson dies at the age of 88

When you look at the early days of ESPN, several names stand out, Dick Vitale, Chris Berman, Bob Ley, Tom Mees, Greg Gumbel, Paul Maguire, Cliff Drysdale and Jim Simpson. He died Wednesday after a short illness. His family said Simpson was watching the Green Bay-Washington NFL Wild Card Game on Sunday when he fell ill and had to be taken to the hospital. He was 88. Back when ESPN...
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What the move (or moves) to Los Angeles means for the NFL

As the Rams are now officially moving to Los Angeles and maybe the Chargers or Raiders, what does this mean for America’s most popular sport and the television networks from now on? There are quite a few factors for the sports media and the National Football League going forward. Let’s take a look at what the NFL and its partners will deal with in the immediate future and beyond...
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Louis van Gaal calls out Wayne Rooney detractors: “You too, fat man!”

Embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has become known for some of his confrontational interactions with reporters, such as his “Enjoy the wine. Enjoy the mince pies.” press conference exit before Christmas, and he continued that trend Tuesday after a 3-3 draw with Newcastle United. United star Wayne Rooney has also been a focus of media criticism recently, but he...
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College Football Playoff National Championship sets streaming records

While the ratings for the College Football National Championship Game on various ESPN platforms were down from 2015, the Worldwide Leader does have some encouraging news. The Alabama-Clemson game is now the second most-streamed event on WatchESPN after the 2014 World Cup. Alabama-Clemson had 585,000 average minute impressions which was 23% better than the 2015 National Championship...
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White Sox hires ESPN’s Jason Benetti to call home games for Hawk Harrelson

If you’ve watched ESPN’s college basketball and football coverage, then you may have seen and heard Jason Benetti call games on its various networks. Now Chicago White Sox fans will have the opportunity to get to know Benetti this season. The team has named him to call a majority of their home games in place of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson who will focus on the road games in 2016...
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5 events ESPN should consider giving the CFP National Championship Megacast treatment

While the ratings for the College Football Playoffs were undeniably poor this season, especially considering the momentum the playoffs had going into last year’s event—thankyouverymuch New Year’s Eve games with a 10-day layoff—there is little denying the ESPN Megacast treatment is an amazing use of company resources to cover one game. For those less interested in the traditional...
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Report: ESPN adds Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza to Sunday Night Baseball booth

According to a report from the Associated Press, Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth for the 2016 alongside Dan Shulman. But she won’t be joined in the booth by either John Kruk or Curt Schilling, as Aaron Boone will instead be joining the pair in the booth as the second analyst. The AP report also notes that Schilling will be taking Boone’s place...
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